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Preventing Tree Breakage

Cradles and Cables

We are a clever lot when it comes to helping our kids settle into bed at night. Apparently, the story of how Jack broke his head fetching a pail of water, with Jill falling down the well after him, or the charming bubonic plague ditty “Ring Around the Rosie,” is supposed to calm small children. The veiled threat about abandoning an infant in a tree on a windy night always made my kids hush up. “Rock-a-bye baby, in the treetop; when the wind blows, the cradle will…

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Added by Paul J Hetzler on January 14, 2018 at 8:18pm — No Comments

Chainsaws for Charity (C4C) - January 10, 2018 - Flash Mob!

We're short?  How can that be?  We were way ahead of schedule for this year! 

With the recent cold snap, the need for firewood is relentless.  The Rotary of Walworth-Ontario needed an additional eight facecords and the Canandaigua Rotary needed two more, all to help Camp Onseyawa.   But.... we only had six stacked and ready to go.  So, a Flash Mob was called for High Noon on January 10 to make more heat!  Fortunately, thanks to Wagner Hardwoods, we have material that is ready…

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Added by Dean Faklis on January 12, 2018 at 5:28pm — No Comments

4 Things You Didn't Know About Garlic Mustard  YouTube

4 Things You Didn't Know About Garlic Mustard 

Decline of Garlic Mustard  @ 5:14

The reason Garlic Mustard is so successful-deer  @7:18

Added by Lew Ward on January 12, 2018 at 12:44am — No Comments

Timber Theft

Timber Theft

Only the crunch of gravel mars the predawn quiet as a truck, headlights off, rolls to a stop. Working quickly, professional bandits round up your unsuspecting timber. As your herd of prized trees is prodded toward the tailgate ramp, their soft mewling is barely audible amidst all the rustling…

While it does at times parallel cattle rustling, with skilled thieves whisking away a few exceptionally valuable trees in an early-morning or weekend raid, timber theft…

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Added by Paul J Hetzler on January 8, 2018 at 1:38pm — No Comments

Preventing Salt Injury to Trees and Shrubs

Every winter brings its annual a-salt on roads and walkways. In icy conditions, salt can be a good thing, but too much of it is worse than a bad pun. Cars, equipment, and concrete suffer in obvious ways, but damage to trees and other woody plants is much less invisible. Salt injures trees and shrubs by several means.



When road-salt spray hits twigs, buds and, in the case of evergreens, foliage, such direct contact causes yellowing of needles, and subsequent death of evergreen twigs… Continue

Added by Paul J Hetzler on January 5, 2018 at 2:35pm — No Comments

When Trees Go Over the Hill

Senescence is the decline in vigor that happens to all creatures great and diminutive as they close in on the life expectancy of their species. People my age suddenly find it hard to read the phone book. Though I suppose by definition anyone still using a phone book is old enough to need glasses, right?



The onset of this process varies—you probably know of families whose members frequently retain good health into their 90s and beyond, and other families where that is not the case. Of… Continue

Added by Paul J Hetzler on January 3, 2018 at 7:59pm — No Comments

Don't Let Firewood Bug You

All of us are using more heating fuel this season than in recent winters, and there is still plenty of cold weather to come. It’s bad enough that our wallets are thinner, but those who heat with wood have the additional burden of more time spent lugging in fuel. And to add insult to injury, uninvited guests occasionally show up with the wood.

Firewood, I’ve been told, comes from “trees” which seem to be covered in “bark,” under which insects can hide. As the wood we bring inside warms…

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Added by Paul J Hetzler on January 2, 2018 at 3:50pm — No Comments

Rehabilitating Degraded Woodlands

Almost 3 million acres of forest in the Northeast is poorly stocked from some combination of exploitive harvesting, poor soils, disease, or insect infestation. An additional 7.5 million acres is one poorly executed harvest away from being of degraded condition. Exploitive harvesting, also known as selective cutting, high-grading or diameter-limit…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on December 23, 2017 at 9:37am — No Comments

Chainsaws for Charity (C4C) - December 3, 2017 - Fun in the Sun!

A Perfect Day!  Sunshine, good friends, the aroma of two-cycle oil and the dulcet tones of a growling chainsaw.  It just doesn't get any better than that!  That's Jim on the saw, piling up the rounds and chips.

We just received word from Jonathan Wordingham of the Ontario-Walworth…

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Added by Dean Faklis on December 13, 2017 at 7:37pm — No Comments

Responsible Forestry

Golden Goose Forestry

Paul Hetzler

What do you call a dairy farmer who spends decades improving the genetics of a herd, then abruptly sells all the best animals to start a new herd from scraggly, unproven stock? Crazy, perhaps, or foolish at the very least, right? (Or maybe someone with a gambling debt).

Under normal circumstances, no livestock farmer culls their best animals to start over with random ones. Yet it’s common for a woodlot owner to sell all the large,…

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Added by Paul J Hetzler on December 10, 2017 at 9:17pm — 1 Comment

Predicting long-range weather outlooks

Weather or Not

Paul Hetzler

Weather modeling has become quite a big deal in recent years, with meteorologists falling all over themselves to report what the latest models say. It sounds like a fun job, and I am trying to find out how to apply for a position. No doubt I could model categories like “large stationary front” or “high pressure system” pretty well. If it involves appearing in a swimsuit, though, forget it.

I love it when a radio announcer chirps “clear and sunny”… Continue

Added by Paul J Hetzler on December 8, 2017 at 8:59am — No Comments

Yule enjoy this tradition

Yule Logs

The tradition of burning a Yule or Christmas log has largely fizzled out in most parts of the world. Although often depicted as a modest-size birch log, the monster Yule logs back in 6th and 7th century Germany were tree trunks that were intended to burn all day, in some cultures for twelve days, without being entirely consumed. It was important that an unburned portion of the log remained after the marathon Yule-burn, because this insured good luck in the upcoming year. The Yule… Continue

Added by Paul J Hetzler on December 7, 2017 at 7:07am — No Comments

Pining for a Better memory

Pining for a Better Memory

During the Christmas holiday season, new memories will likely be made, and recollections of past seasons may be recounted as well. But the holiday season itself can aid in remembering events of long ago.

Speaking as a guy who can hide his own Easter eggs and still not find them all, I marvel how Father Christmas, who is a few years older than I am, manages to keep track of so many kids and presents. Lucky for us that the most enduring memories are those with… Continue

Added by Paul J Hetzler on December 6, 2017 at 7:08am — No Comments

Forget About Reforestation

Forget About Reforestation

Paul Hetzler

Squirrels have been criticized for hiding nuts in various places for future use and then forgetting the places. Well, squirrels do not bother with minor details like that. They have other things…

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Added by Paul J Hetzler on November 20, 2017 at 8:29pm — No Comments

Giving Thanks

Thanks for Giving

Paul Hetzler

Many historians feel the Pilgrims would have all perished during the winter of 1620 if not for food provided by the Wampanoags, on whose land they settled. The following spring, the Wampanoags gave the Pilgrims seeds to plant, as well as a tutorial (possibly an App; we can’t be sure) on the production, storage and preservation of indigenous food crops including corn, beans, and squash.

That fall—no one is sure if it was October or…

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Added by Paul J Hetzler on November 20, 2017 at 8:19pm — No Comments

Forest Landowner Liability

Hi, Everyone.

I searched the web for New York State landowner liability and found the attached document. It looks a little dated but the content might be accurate.

Liability%20considerations%20for%20NY%20Woodland%20Owners.pdf

Then I searched this site and noticed that the…

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Added by Tim Levatich on November 17, 2017 at 1:05pm — No Comments

Chainsaws for Charity (C4C) - October 28, 2017 - Free Refills!

Time to begin refilling the stacks of C4C firewood for 2018 and the team got together on 28 OCT for some fun at The Deuel's.  Here's a picture of Dale preparing to ....take pictures.…

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Added by Dean Faklis on November 6, 2017 at 11:31am — No Comments

Chainsaws for Charity (C4C) - October 7, 2017 - The BIG Haul!

Two teams of Rotarians showed up for work today to transport and deliver 24 face cords of the finest C4C firewood.  This firewood was pre-sold earlier in the year by The Rotary, with all of the purchase price going to support Camp Onseyawa, a camp for children with special needs.  So far, C4C and The Rotary have donated approximately $2,500 to Camp Onseyawa (https://www.onseyawa.org/).  In addition, please recall that C4C has already…

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Added by Dean Faklis on October 10, 2017 at 6:01pm — No Comments

Controlling Thinning - Some Concepts and Methods

The title of this blog is that of the recent webinar by Dr. Ralph Nyland, presented on June 21, 2017.  The webinar is archived at www.youtube.com/ForestConnect and there is a direct link below.

Ralph focused his presentation on three topics. 

  1. How much residual basal area (relative density) should you leave during a thinning? The short answer is 60% relative density, allowing regrowth to 80% before thinning again.…
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Added by Peter Smallidge on June 21, 2017 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Chainsaws for Charity (C4C) - June 3, 2017 - Happy Birthday C4C!

Happy Birthday!  C4C is one year old!  Congratulations to the entire Team! 

Wow, the email list has really expanded.  I think that there are some 50…

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Added by Dean Faklis on June 4, 2017 at 1:58pm — No Comments

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480a disqualification after EAB

Started by Bill Pontius in Woodlot Management Jan 4. 0 Replies

Here's a hypothetical question (hopefully). If an ash stand no longer has sufficient density to qualify for the 480a program following ash borer invasion, and if that stand is necessary for having more than 50 acres for the program, what happens?…Continue

controlling beech

Started by robert dalbo in Woodlot Management. Last reply by robert dalbo Dec 11, 2018. 2 Replies

I have a section on my property approximately 5 acres with mature oak and maples 18 to 20 inches, well spaced, but the understory is a combination of beech and ferns. I have cut some beech and sprayed some the ferns with mediocre success. I do not…Continue

New film & resources to help YOU save forests!

Started by Lew Ward in Woodlot Management Nov 19, 2018. 0 Replies

'New film & resources to help YOU save forests!A new, short, animated (and…Continue

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IPhone surveys

Started by Jim Martin in Woodlot Management. Last reply by Jim Martin Oct 27, 2018. 2 Replies

Smart phones have GPS.  Has anyone figured out how to use them for mapping wooded land.  I am especially interested in a way to map  my logging trails. Jim MartinContinue

Oldest Flowering Tree in North Americal

Started by Carl DuPoldt in Forest Health Oct 2, 2018. 0 Replies

Fossil of Oldest Flowering Tree in North America Discovered. And It Was Huge. -- https://www.livescience.com/63719-flowering-tree-fossil-cretaceous.htmlContinue

Slash and squirt control of Ailanthus

Started by Mark Horberg in Woodlot Management. Last reply by Peter Smallidge Sep 23, 2018. 5 Replies

I have 20-30 ailanthus trees on my property in the 4-6 inch diameter range.  What specific herbicide and concentration should I use for slash and squirt?  Can you recommend a place where it can be purchased in small quantities?  Thanks. Continue

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